Summer Reading is “virtually” here! “Imagine Your Story” with us this summer from June 6-July 25, 2020 as we read, explore, and create fantasy/fairy tale themed books and programs. As in previous years, we are using the Beanstack app to log and track our minutes to be eligible for prizes throughout the summer. You can register at nchcpl.beanstack.org.

Adult and Teen Programs

For every 100 minutes read and library program attended, teens and adults will be entered for weekly drawings of $10 gift certificates to local businesses, in addition to the grand prize of their preference. 

Since the program is exclusively online this year, you’ll be choosing which grand prize you want upon registry. The adults will register into either the Adult Summer Reading Harry Potter Gift Bundle Program, or the Renaissance Themed Gift Bundle Program. The teens will register for either the Fantasy Creature Themed Gift Bundle Program, or the Fairy Tail (the popular anime/manga series) Gift Bundle Program. 

We are practicing social distancing, so most of the crafts will be available to pick up before the program, and then we’ll do them together via Google Meeting. Registration will be required for all adult and teen craft programs so that your craft supplies can be ready for you to pick up, and so that you’ll be emailed a link to the Google Meeting. The library has also started a YouTube channel, so please check out our ongoing series: Children’s Storytimes, First Chapter Fridays, and Tech Tuesdays. 

Some program highlights for this summer are: a live-streaming interview on Komodo Dragons with the Virginia Aquarium via the library’s YouTube channel on July 14th at 6pm, an outdoor family karaoke night planned for July 16th from 6-8pm, the Red Rum Pirate Band will perform for our outdoor Noteworthy Concert sponsored by the Friends of the Library on July 23rd at 7pm, and lastly we’ll be showing a free screening of This Beautiful Fantastic at the 1400 Plaza on July 24th at 8:30pm. 

Children’s Program

“Log your minutes on Beanstack (get the app for super easy logging!). The 2020 Children’s Summer Reading theme is “Imagine Your Story”.  There tons of virtual fantasy/fairy tale-themed programs we hope you can join us in this summer. This year’s grand prize is a basket filled with fairy tale related items. Once your child has read 400 minutes they are halfway done with the program and will receive a small prize and a raffle to the prize basket. After they have read 800 minutes they will have completed the program and will receive another small prize, a free book and another raffle ticket for the prize basket. If your child would like to read beyond the 800 minutes they can and will earn more raffles to the prize basket.  You can register your child (baby-6th graders) at: nchcpl.beanstack.org.”

All programs are virtual this summer. 

  • Marvelous Mondays will be live on youtube at 2:00. There will be a link available to log on on our evanced calendar. A monthly packet can be picked up in the children’s department or curbside with instructions and materials.
  • Grab-and-Go Adventures will also have a live youtube element.Links on evanced and monthly packets. These are fairy tale themed to go with the overall theme of the summer.
  • In June there will be family storytimes. Again with a link on evanced and monthly packets available for pick up with a craft and instructions.
  • July and August will be Family REC on Thursdays (or any day really), No link, but packets available with suggested books on the theme, a craft, and snack ideas (no snacks).